Joel Surnow is the co-creator as well as former writer and executive producer for 24.
He and Robert Cochran also created the series La Femme Nikita, in which Surnow was also an executive producer and director for. He was previously a writer and co-executive producer on the 80's drama soap Falcon Crest. He has also written for Miami Vice, St. Elsewhere, and The Equalizer.
In 2002, Surnow, along with Robert Cochran won an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for the episode Day 1: 12:00 AM – 1:00 AM.
He is cousins with 24 writer Michael Loceff.
He left the series on February 12, 2008. His contract with 20th Century Fox was due to expire on April 30, but he requested an early release. "I did some soul-searching. I took [the strike] as an opportunity to write on my own and do other things. After doing 24, I don't know if I want to do a mainstream show again. I like what's going on in cable; there is an opportunity to stretch dramatically there, which is something I'm trying to do." The position held by Surnow was filled by showrunner/writer Howard Gordon. Surnow was only creatively involved in the first eight episodes of Season 7, and did not return after production resumed from the WGA strike.
 Episodes Written
 External Links
- Joel Surnow at IMDb